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became more and more inconveniently close and
narrow for the new needs. This applied to every
sort of administrative area, from municipalities
and urban districts and the range of distributing
businesses, up to sovereign states. They were—
and for the most part they still are—too small
for the new requirements and far too close
together. All over the social layout this tighten-
ing-up and squeezing together is an incon-
venience, but when it comes to the areas of
sovereign states it becomes impossibly dangerous.
It becomes an intolerable thing ; human life
cannot go on, with the capitals of most of the
civilised countries of the world within an hour's
bombing range of their frontiers, behind which
attacks can be prepared and secret preparations
made without any form of control. And yet
we are still tolerant and loyal to arrangements
that seek to maintain this state of affairs and treat
it as though nothing else were possible.
The present war for and against Hitler and
Stalin and Mr. Chamberlain and so forth, does
not even touch upon the essential problem of
the abolition of distance. It may indeed destroy
everything and still settle nothing. If one could
wipe out ajl the issues of the present conflict, we
should still be confronted with the essential
riddle, which is the abolition of the boundaries
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